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No-Bake Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

4.31 from 23 votes
A cheesecake infused with lemon curd, has a Graham cracker crust, and a mountain of toasted meringue — try my No-Bake Lemon Meringue Cheesecake recipe!
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Hi Bold Bakers!

Now that spring has sprung, I’m busting out some seriously fresh and easy lemon recipes! My Lemon Meringue Cheesecake recipe has it all and then some, like a crunchy Graham cracker crust, a rich cheesecake filling infused with my homemade Microwave Lemon Curd, and it’s all topped off with a monumental amount of toasted meringue!

What Pie Crust Recipe Should I Use?

I’m using my Homemade Graham Crackers to make the crust. I simply blitz them in my food processor until I have fine crumbs. Feel free to use a mix of graham cracker and ginger snaps for an extra layer of flavor. If you’d like you can also use digestives, Shortbread Cookies, or any plain cookie.

Can I Use Store-Bought Lemon Curd?

Lemon curd is a key ingredient in this recipe. The curd adds lemony flavor, thickness, and color. You can use store bought lemon curd but I HIGHLY suggest you give one of my Homemade Lemon Curd recipes a try! From my traditional Lemon Curd to a MICROWAVE Lemon Curd, and even an egg-free Vegan Lemon Curd, I have you covered!

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Do I Have to Heat Treat Meringue?

If you have any doubts about working with egg whites, have no fear, this recipe includes a step for heat treating them. This is OPTIONAL, you can go about making meringue using uncooked egg whites if uncooked eggs are safe to eat where you live. The trick to heat treating the egg whites, though, is to take your time and keep them over super low heat, allowing them to just get nice and warm (around 160°f — and hot to the touch).

How do I store Lemon Meringue Cheesecake?

To store the Lemon Meringue Cheesecake I like to cover it with cling wrap and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Tips and Tricks to making Lemon Meringue Cheesecake:

  • Butter, then line your pie tin with 2-3 layers of cling wrap or baking paper. The butter helps the lining adhere to the tin and allows you to easily lift the pie out of the tin once it’s set.
  • When making the filling, start with room temperature cream cheese.
  • Cream of tartar will stabilize the meringue, however, if you do not have it you can continue without it.
  • Use large eggs to make sure you have the right amount of meringue to top your pie.
  • The weight of an egg white is 40 grams, so if you need to weigh them to be precise, that is always helpful
  • This cheesecake can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days before topping with the meringue topping.

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No-Bake Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Recipe

4.31 from 23 votes
This cheesecake is infused with lemon curd, has a Graham cracker crust, and a mountain of toasted meringue — you cannot go wrong with my No-Bake Lemon Meringue Cheesecake recipe!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 slices
Prep Time 35 mins
Total Time 35 mins
This cheesecake is infused with lemon curd, has a Graham cracker crust, and a mountain of toasted meringue — you cannot go wrong with my No-Bake Lemon Meringue Cheesecake recipe!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients

For the cookie crust:

Lemon Cheesecake Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups (12oz/340g) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) lemon curd (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/3 cup (2 ½ floz/71ml) heavy whipping cream
  • Zest of 2 lemon

Meringue Topping

  • 4 (about 160g) egg whites , large
  • 2/3 cup (5oz/142g) sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar*

Instructions

For the crust:

  • Butter and line a 9-inch pie tin with cling wrap, leaving extra hanging off the sides. This will ensure you can easily remove the pie crust from the tin.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and the melted butter well together. Transfer the crust mixture into your prepared pie tin and press along the base and up the sides using your fingertips. Place in the fridge while you make the filling. 

Lemon Cheesecake Filling:

  • Using a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth and there are no lumps. 
  • Next add in the lemon curd, cream, and lemon zest, and continue whipping until the filling becomes stiff. 
  • Pour the cheesecake filling into the prepared pie shell and smooth out with a spatula. Cover and place in the fridge while you make the meringue topping. (I like to leave this in the fridge for around 5-6 hours minimum to firm up) 

Meringue Topping:

  • Place a heat safe bowl on top of a simmering pot of water, but make sure the bowl is not touching the water.
  • In the bowl add in the egg whites, sugar, and pinch of cream of tartar* (see Tips and Tricks list) 
  • Gently whisk the mixture until it is hot to the touch, about 2-3 minutes. Heating this mix will 'cook' the eggs and will make them safe to eat.   
  • Next, using a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer whisk the egg mixture on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes OR until the frosting holds medium peaks when lifted from the bowl.
  • Pile the meringue high on top of your cheesecake. 
  • If you have a kitchen torch, you can lightly toast the surface of the meringue by moving the flame continuously in small circles over the surface until the frosting is lightly browned. Also, you can quickly toast it under the grill/broiler.
  • Serve straight away or keep covered and stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

Cream of Tartar: See Tips and Tricks list
 
 

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Mercy
Mercy
1 year ago

This really is a perfect recipe, it has all the advantages for a quick but flavour filled dessert! I’m always glad to see recipes that don’t involve an oven as well as ones that involve low cost and readily available ingredients! :). Also saw your banana cream pie recipe which looks just as easy and as delicious! Thanks so much Gemma, I always refer your website and videos to my friends :).

Mercy

Sue
7 months ago

Oh so delicious! I made two of these for a family get-together and on both I made the filling exactly as written but I did top one with the meringue and the other with fresh whipped cream since a few people in my family are not fans of meringue. Both were a HUGE hit and disappeared so fast I’m not sure a crumb was left! lol
Thanks for another superb, easy, delicious recipe!!

Jolene T
Jolene T
1 month ago

Hi there Gemma, love the microwave recipes!

For your homemade Graham crackers, can I use regular (all purpose) wheat flour instead of whole wheat flour?

I’m trying to decide between making my own crackers (with normal wheat flour) or using store bought digestive biscuits to make your lemon meringue cheesecake. So excited to try it! 🙂

BakerBug
2 months ago

Excellent! Another “keeper” recipe. Thanks Gemma. For an extra level of lemon zing (we LOVE lemon), I spread a layer of lemon curd on the crust before pouring in the cheesecake mixture. I don’t have a kitchen torch (want one, though), so I kept my meringue lower so I could “toast” it under the broiler. This will be a great dessert to take to a summer BBQ (if we ever get to gather together again). YUM!

4 months ago

I made meringue with your raspberry meringue recipe only the simple version no cream and raspberry but it cracked up aap the meringues please let me know what went wrong

Rebbekah
Rebbekah
4 months ago

I don’t have a kitchen torch . Can I use lighter?😁

Faiza
Faiza
5 months ago

Hi gemma:)
As i dun have kitchen knife should i bake just meringue or old batch put in the oven ? Is curd going to melt?

Sandra
Sandra
11 months ago

Hi Gemma!
I love this recipe so much considering my family loves lemons and cheesecakes! Can you please try to do a Japanese cheesecake with a BIGGER BOLDER BAKING twist to it, you always come up with marvelous recipes so i hope you try it!

Gwen
Gwen
1 year ago

I don’t have a kitchen torch. Can I make this without the meringue topping? Since you didn’t add any sugar into the filling, would it taste too sour if I don’t put meringue?

Konstantina
1 year ago

Hi Gemma,
Great recipe !!! I would like to make this cheesecake for a family dinner, but I would have to store it in the fridje for a few hours. Would it be better to burn the meringue before I refridgerate it or burn it right before we eat it??

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